- January 17, 2022

How To Make the Most of MLK Jr. Day in Austin


MLK Jr. Day is here. This year we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Civil Rights leader’s legacy. Did you know it it’s considered a “day on” as opposed to a “day off?” This national holiday encourages Americans to volunteer to improve our communities.

Here are a few ways for you to pay tribute to MLK Jr. Day 2022. 


Pease Park Conservancy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Food Drive
Monday, January 17 | From 9 to 11 a.m. | Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 17 | From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | United Way of Williamson County, 1111 N I-35 (Round Rock)

MLK March & Celebration
Monday, January 17 | Starting at 9:30 a.m. | Dunbar Park, 801 W. Martin Luther King Dr. (San Marcos)

MLK Day Parade & Street Festival
Monday, January 17 | From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 200 W. Willis (Leander)

MLK Car Parade
Monday, January 17 | From 10 to 11:30 a.m. | E. MLJ Jr. Industrial Boulevard (Lockhart)

Austin MLK Day Livestream
Monday, January 17 | Starting at 10:45 a.m. | Virtual

Honor MLK Jr. by Watching His I Have a Dream Speech
Anytime | Virtual | Click Here

Learn about LBJ’s role in the civil right’s movement at the LBJ Library which is FREE on MLK Day!


In addition to honoring MLK Jr. with a day of service, why not opt outside? Here are some family friendly places we recommend visiting where you can safely socially distance.

Take an easy stroll or hike somewhere like: Bull Creek Greenbelt, McKinney Falls State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Greenbelt, or Shoal Creek Trail.

Visit an Austin nature center or museum like: Zilker Botanical Garden, Fortlandia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, or Laguna Gloria.

Take a short drive to a nearby city and wander around their parks or town square. We recommend Wimberley, Georgetown, and Bastrop. Though you can find even more here.